Last week, inaugural Bachelorette Trista Sutter suffered a seizure while on vacation in Croatia with her family

By Natalie Stone
June 05, 2017 08:52 PM

Since his wife suffered a seizure last week, Ryan Sutter has been in a confused and contemplative state.

Last week, inaugural Bachelorette Trista Sutter, who met her husband, Ryan, on season 1 of The Bachelorette, suffered a seizure while on vacation in Croatia with her family and was hospitalized. On Monday, Ryan took to Instagram to address the life-threatening incident, when he witnessed his wife “seize violently” on a bus.

“I’ve had this picture to post for a few days. I just haven’t been sure what to say? Like my mind, the photo has sat as a ‘draft.’ In limbo,” Ryan began his post, which accompanied a photo of Trista holding a camera on board a boat.

“A bit confused. It was taken one day after my wife, unexpectedly and without a definitive cause, seized violently in front of her family on a shuttle bus full of strangers,” he continued.

“In almost 17 years as a firefighter, my experience has trained me to address the immediate emergency,” Ryan wrote. “However, little in my 42 years of life prepared me for the confusion and contemplation that remains after the tide of immediacy has settled.”

Although Trista’s medical emergency was unexpected to both Ryan and his family members, he has been encouraged by the positive messages and comments from friends, family and members of Bachelor nation who have extended their support.

“What has helped is the outpouring of kindness received from our friends, family and even those that we’ve never personally met. Without a doubt, you have been instrumental in the healing process and a humbling source of strength for @tristasutter and I,” he wrote.

Ryan concluded: “So, with that message, I post this simple picture . It’s my wife – at her best- capturing life as she always has, though now through a more meaningful lens…”

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Trista, who is currently in Europe with Ryan and their two children — son Maxwell ‘Max’ Alston, 9, and daughter Blakesley Grace, 8 — took to Instagram on Friday to reveal the news of her hospitalization. In the photo, Trista rested in a hospital bed with patches on her chest while an IV was hooked up to her body.

“This was me yesterday. …two hours after I had a seizure. …two hours after I fell on my daughter’s chest & she watched, along with her brother & grandparents, in confusion & horror as her mommy stared blankly off into the distance & started turning blue. …two hours after we were supposed to have an adventure. An adventure to one of the most beautiful National Parks in Europe,” Trista wrote.

“Instead, I ended up in a euphoric white dream that the voices of my husband and daughter pulled me from and I ended up in a Croatian hospital being poked and prodded and wondering ‘why me?’ But today, I had to ask, ‘why not me?’ I’m human,” she wrote. “I have an expiration date.”

Despite suffering a seizure, Trista and her family have continued to enjoy their time together on vacation since the mother of two was released from the hospital.

“They make everything better. ❤️ #family #lovethesehumans #grateful #lifeisshort #lifeissweet #lifeiswhatyoumakeit #croatia2017 #adventure #oldtowndubrovnik,” she captioned a family photo.

On Monday, she also shared a sweet snap of herself and her husband enjoying their oceanfront vacation.

“My knight in shining armor. ✨ #loveofmylife #grateful,” she wrote.

The Bachelorette airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.